When I sweat in the gym and people ask me ‘does exercise ever get easier’ I have a simple answer: ‘no’. Exercise is not supposed to get easier; when this happens it means that you are not working hard enough and are not getting fitter. If you find exercise easy do yourself a favour and increase the intensity; or leave the gym and go to the nearest coffee bar instead.

Life and exercise are very much alike in this – neither of them is worth it when it gets easy. Is your life easy? If it is, step up a gear!

PS: Yes, this is me at Brighton marathon; 100 m from the finish line and it hurts!